Art by David Underwood on display at Clayton Center

Art by David Underwood on display at Clayton Center

Nov. 1, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

“Open to Interpretation,” a collection of composite photographs by David Underwood, is on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery through Nov. 30.

An artist reception will be held on Fri., Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Underwood, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is a professor of art and chair of the Art Department at Carson-Newman College, where he has been teaching art and photography since 1990. He earned his MFA in studio art from Florida State University.

The exhibition is Underwood’s 24th solo exhibition. His composite photographs and art works in various media are included in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the California Museum of Photography, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., and the Knoxville Museum of Art. His work has been included in more than 90 group exhibitions, many of which were juried national or international competitions.

“I have been exploring the possibilities of ‘the composite photograph’ for more than 25 years, experimenting with various assembly methods to combine multiple original photographic images,” Underwood said in his artist’s statement. “Working with grids and multiple images allows me to expand the language of still photography beyond the limitations of single-frame imagery.”

His latest series involves “the inclusion of the title of each artwork as painted text or incorporated plastic lettering on the surface of the work,” Underwood said.

“This text has an amount of intended ambiguity, so that content is somewhat directed, but so that each viewer may also infer his or her own meaning from the work.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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